As a response to a growing demand for maintenance, repair and modification of composites and hybrid structures, Airborne Services taps into its 20 years of experience on composites processing technology to serve the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) market. By automation of labor-intensive services like coating removal, NDI, painting and blade balancing, Airborne reduces costs and turnaround times for rotor blade repair. As composites processing automation is a cornerstone of Airborne’s strategy, we are able to implement the latest, innovative insights to the MRO market.
The current approved ratings include: doors – hatches (C4), helicopter rotor blades (C10), aircraft propeller blades (C16) and fuselage, nacelles & pylons (C20).
Airborne Services is an EASA Part 145 approved and MAA-NLD A-145 accredited maintenance organisation, FAA 14 CFR Part 145 Repair Station and has been certified by Lloyd’s Register according to the AS9110 standard.
Inspection and repair of composite rotor blades requires specific knowledge of composites and of rotor blade design. In house inspectors examine the rotor blade visually, by tapping and by using NDI. They determine if there is (in)visible damage or delamination within the structure and they assess the severity of the damage.
Repair of rotor blades requires specific skills to guarantee that strength, aerodynamic shape, weight and balance remain within defined limits after repair. Experienced specialists perform required authorised repairs.
Protecting components against environmental conditions in a proper way increases the Mean Time Between Unscheduled Repair. Components are painted in a state of the art facility by experienced paint specialists.
Proper balancing of a rotor blade decreases the required number of Rotor Track &Balance (RT&B) flights to get the rotor blade set balanced. Our trained personnel are experts in accurate balancing of rotor blades.
Airborne works on both military as well as civil platforms and takes responsibility for the composite repair, engineering and program management. OEM-approved procedures are used to repair rotor blades and other aero structures. Depending on the aircraft type, a large number of repairs can be performed.
Airborne Services B.V. has a Composite Repair Shop specialized in helicopter rotor blade repair at the Royal Netherlands Air Force Main Support Base Woensdrecht. The facility has, amongst others, a:
Airborne Services is involved in several R&D programs and works closely with national and international knowledge institutes. An improved balancing system is currently under development to reduce the number of Rotor Track and Balance Flights. As part of a Dutch consortium Airborne is furthermore working on the automation of part of the repair process by using robot technology. Airborne is one of the founding members, with GKN Fokker, the NLR and TU-Delft of the Development Centre for Maintenance of Composites.